Green Lenses Takes a Look at Michigan Sports

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Annual Distraction: I have a few passionate thoughts regarding the Kirk Cousins situation. I actually exchanged e-mails with a different Detroit sports columnist LAST YEAR about some members of the media appearing to try to create various distractions during the MSU-UM football week and on an annual basis. Who can forget the wild goose chase that WDIV put forth regarding erroneous reports of Jeff Smoker apparently going to show up at a courthouse? Or Nick Saban is heading to the NFL, or George Perles is heading to the NFL and playing the string out? The Sir Darean Adams and TJ Williams fiasco was really blown up during Michigan week as well. Kirk Cousins is only the latest in a string of attempts of those trying to create an off field distraction during Michigan week and as everyone ALREADY KNOWS, he had nothing to do with anything.

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You may be saying, wait a minute, Rob Parker made those comments on Sunday AFTER the game. However take another look, after the original incident took place. Cousins name was bantered about related to the incident PRIOR to the Michigan game. So you may be asking, why throw the back-up quarterback into this mess?

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My answer is simple. To the uneducated eye, Brian Hoyer’s less than stellar play against Ohio State and the subsequent spark given by Cousins in that same game, led many to believe that one of the few ways that MSU could win was to insert Cousins into the starting line-up, or put him in early enough to spark the Spartans to a victory in Ann Arbor.

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Some will even remember members of the same Detroit media trying to get former players to say negative things about Jud Heathcote of all people. How ridiculous is that? One paper also mis-captioned sports photos on a regular basis, and I sent them an e-mail regarding this as well. There are simply people taking this rivalry to a place that is ugly and unhealthy. Also, I am not saying Parker is to blame, but perhaps someone is feeding bad info to the media during Michigan week.

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As far as the future and next year, it might be wise for the MSU staff to keep track of what I call the “annual distraction.” Certainly this doesn’t excuse the actual incident that actually occurred, and yet, lets make sure no innocent victims are thrown into the mix and reputations damaged just to win a football game. For if that is the case, it would only appeal to the lowest denominator of our society. Which right now appears to be the guys supporting the maize and blue.

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Detroit Lions: Good lord, Daunte Culpepper? Is he bringing Randy Moss and two new knees with him? The Lions are horrible with evaluation and this seems to be the latest fiasco. How do you keep Tatum Bell and let TJ Duckett get away? The Lions are getting gashed so bad in stopping the run, had they kept Shaun Rogers, they probably would have won at least four games by now. Is there something wrong with Drew Stanton? He actually looked pretty good in the preseason and now can’t get a sniff at the QB position because, get this, they don’t want him to get “embarrassed.” We are talking about the Lions aren’t we?

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A couple moves did make sense however. I was never a Jon Kitna fan and always felt that Dan Orlovsky had the stuff to be a good quarterback in this league. Despite the improvement on offense the last couple of weeks, the Lion brass doesn’t think so. Then again, they made Jeff Backus the franchise player despite speed rushers making him look a fire hydrant time after time.

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One move I do agree with is getting rid of Roy Williams. A couple years ago on the road against Chicago, Williams, Kevin Jones and Joey Harrington were a the center of a heated

discussion when Williams apparently ran the wrong route in a critical situation. Flash forward to this year when an assistant coach, Williams, and Kitna got into it. The truth is, Williams made some big plays, but also seemed to get alligator arms when the heat was on. After he was traded to Dallas, he made a comment about Lions fans not getting it when he made the “hook’em horns” sign with his hand. Williams did know that he was in a state full of Spartans and Wolverines right?

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Detroit Pistons: Not sure how the Chauncey Billups trade will work out, but T.V analyst Tim Legler feels that Denver go the better end of that deal, since Billups can run the point, plays better on the ball defense, can get other guys involved, and still hit big shots. He also feels that this will totally change the Piston offense. My question is, how is an inexperienced coach like Michael Curry going to adjust the offense and defense for Allen Iverson? That is the $64,000 question and I have two words for Curry, “Good luck.”

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Detroit Red Wings: This should be a better team on paper, especially with the signing of Marian Hossa, yet I get a funny feeling about these guys. They are winning in a different way, by getting the offense and power play going, while playing poor defense and getting shaky goaltending. I think the guy they are really going to miss nobody is talking about is Dallas Drake. That guy wanted a ring so bad he willed and drove that team to a championship with the little things he did. Hey, I know it’s early, but the Wings need to get it together before they get into some bad habits.

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ESPN: Coach Dantonio was getting some national love on the radio and he gave a very good interview. The entire staff and players deserve the national recognition they are now getting.

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RichRod: Speaking of ESPN, guess whose name was being tossed in the ring for the open Tennessee job, citing he may be unhappy at UM? You guessed it, Rich Rodriquez. They do realize he has a buyout clause right? LOL.